We couldn’t help but be drawn to this just from the title itself: The 5 Most Radically Feminist Films of Katharine Hepburn. And no, Hepburn isn’t a feminist icon because she “insisted on wearing pants in a time when most women were expected to wear skirts and high heels.” With a lens on Little Women, Adam’s Rib, Stage Door, Desk Set, and The Lion in Winter, Margaret Perry over at The Cinementals shows the breadth of Hepburn’s film canon, in which “communities of women are central to the story,” “strong female characters from literature and history” are portrayed, and the “woman issue” is tackled head-on. Be sure to check out Perry’s main blog, The Great Katharine Hepburn. It’s chock full of more depth and substance about Hepburn’s films, so much so that we think Perry might be eligible for a Ph.D. in Katharine Hepburn Studies. Perhaps this weekend you can make it a Hepburn marathon and come up with your own theories on why she is a feminist icon.
Since we’re talking about women onscreen, let’s step over to television and Gradient Lair’s nod to 6 Inspiring Black Women on Television. What we like about this list is that the six women chosen (although we know there’s more where they came from) run the gamut of professions, from journalists, actors, comedians, and morning talk-show hosts to professors. We’re happy to see the ever-inspiring Robin Roberts make the list. The Good Morning America host recently announced that after beating breast cancer she has now developed a “rare blood disorder.” And OK, so maybe Kerry Washington, who plays a president’s mistress on Scandal, is not the most inspiring character. But what is compelling is to watch her exercise her acting muscles in what we think will be an award-winning role.
We continue to witness an Egypt in crisis. Over the weekend, Mohamed Morsi, who represents the Muslim Brotherhood, claimed victory in the Egyptian presidential election. Women’s Voices alumna Chris Lombardi, who now resides at On the Issues Magazine, writes about what “. . . these elections would mean for women, given the Islamist majority in the just-dissolved Parliament and the fact that only seven women had been selected to help draft the country’s new constitution . . . ” In her post, “In Egypt’s Crisis, Standing Up Against Sexual Abuse,” Lombardi is particularly concerned with the dangerous culture of sexual assaults in post-Mubarak Egypt, especially against female protestors and journalists, and the multiple efforts to combat it. She cites a chronology of recent examples of women organizing and protesting, firsthand accounts from women assaulted by men, and social media movements to bring global awareness to the issue.
At Women’s Voices for Change, our diverse articles have one collective mission: “to celebrate the power and wisdom of women in the second half of life.” Well, some folks in the journalism world brand this “pink journalism.” We’re not crazy about this label, and neither is Rachel Rabbit White at The Frisky. Instead of detailing why the term is condescending, she has decided to redefine it. “I happen to love stories about women,” she writes, “relationships, sexuality, lifestyle, reproductive health, personal essays—all of which are considered ‘pink’ and, I think, [are] wildly important.” Her post, The 10 Best Pieces of ‘Pink Journalism’ I’ve Read this Year, responds to the gender byline gap (in this year’s American Society of Magazine Editors Awards, no women were nominated in profiles, features, reporting, essays, or columns—the most prestigious categories) by offering a snapshot of “great pink articles” in non-pink publications like Forbes, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among others.
Speaking of journalism, the folks over at TED: Ideas Worth Spreading recently uploaded the TED talk Megan Kamerick: Women Should Represent Women in Media. Kamerick, the former president of Journalism and Women’s Symposium (JAWS), offers a timely response to the recent study on the lack of women as media sources. She asks us to ponder how we can best tell women’s stories, and she shows that in neglecting women’s voices, the news media often tells an incomplete story.